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Friday, January 18, 2002

Definitions for somnolent

  1. Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep.
  2. Tending to cause sleepiness or drowsiness.

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Citations for somnolent
In his case, restrained ultimately meant boring, as the audience was lulled into a somnolent state. Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
Meanwhile, many a somnolent local authority has been stirred into action by Davidson's blunt approach. John Lucas, Daily Telegraph
Origin of somnolent
late Middle English
Somnolent is from Latin somnolentus, from somnus, "sleep." A related word is insomnia (in-, "not" + somnus).